AS WE CELEBRATE THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY we celebrate one of the great mysteries of our faith. This, of course, does not mean we cannot understand anything about the Trinity. Simply and synthetically, remember that “God is love” (1 John 4:16). For God to be love, he has to love someone. None of us can love in a vacuum; there must always be an object of our love. Who is the object of God’s love? It cannot be man, or the created world, or the universe, because all of these existed in time and God is eternal and therefore existed before time. It’s also impossible to say that God merely loved himself in a solitary way, because this would not really be love but a form of egotism and narcissism. For God to be love, there needed to be an eternal relationship of love, with one who loves, one who is loved, and the love that unites them. This is what exists in the Blessed Trinity: The Father loved his image, the Son, so much that their mutual and eternal “spirated” or “generated” the Holy Spirit. They exist in a communion of love. The three persons of the Blessed Trinity are united in absolutely everything except, as the early Church councils said, their “relations of origin,” what it means to be Father, what it means to be Son of the Father, and what it means to proceed from the Father and the Son. These theological insights about the blessed Trinity may seem theoretical, but they become highly practical when we reflect on the fact that we have been made in the image and likeness of God and called to communion with God. To be in the image and likeness of God means to be created in the image and likeness of a communion of persons in love. There is an obvious application of this to our interpersonal relationships with one another – friend and stranger alike – to the marriage of man and women, and the fruit of love between husband and wife of their children – i.e. the family. We can broaden “family” to include all persons as brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, and all of us as children of God – the family of God’s creation, the human race. The more the family is a loving communion, the more it will resemble God, and this is the principal mission of the family – not just our own family, but also the family of the Church, and the family of mankind.
PRAYERS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY-ORDAINED PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE who were ordained on May 30 by Bishop Frederick Campbell. The class was so large that it had to be moved from the Cathedral to Saint Paul Church in Westerville. This is the largest ordination class for our Diocese since the class I was ordained with in 2004. The newly-ordained include: Fr. Anthony Davis of Saint Joseph Parish (Dover), Fr. Sean Dooley of Saint Nicholas Parish (Zanesville), Fr. Thomas Gardner of Saint Catharine of Siena Parish (Columbus), Fr. Michael Hartge of St. Matthew Parish (Gahanna), Fr. Brian O’Connor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Pickerington), and Fr. Nicola Ventura of St. Mary Parish (Lancaster).